Everton v West Ham
There’s an enormous match scheduled for Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
Everton host West Ham in what can only be described as a relegation six-pointer.
Everton and West Ham are fighting it out to be the worst team in the Premier League this season.
Fans of the Toffees will believe their side are winning that race. On Sunday they were thrashed 4-1 at Southampton as David Unsworth’s misery continued in the dugout.
Everton have now conceded nine goals in two matches. Perhaps even more worrying than that, they’ve let in at least two goals in their last nine games.
As for West Ham, a 1-1 draw against Leicester on Friday night was small improvement.
David Moyes is still searching for his first Hammers win.
West Ham are third bottom of the division. Everton are two points above them, fifth from bottom.
Two new Everton injuries before West Ham
Not only did Everton lose points and pride at Southampton, they also lost two key players at the back.
Leighton Baines was subbed out the game midway through the first half. He was replaced by the hapless Ashley Williams.
With 15 minutes left against Southampton, Michael Keane was also replaced by Nikola Vlasic.
After the match Unsworth confirmed both Baines and Keane suffered setbacks.
Baines has a calf injury which will likely see him miss the West Ham game. As for Keane, he’s being checked for concussion. That could mean the centre-half is sidelined for at least a week.
Baines [calf] is a major doubt for Wednesday: "Leighton has done his calf. We’ll assess him more tomorrow but it looks like he’s going to be struggling." Meanwhile, Keane will also be checked: "I don’t know whether it was concussion. He was with the doctor at the end." #EFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 26, 2017
Everton’s injury crisis
Adding Baines and Keane to the mix, Everton have a staggering ten player out right now.
Those absentees include Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), Seamus Coleman (calf), Yannick Bolasie (knee), Maarten Stekelenburg (hip), Ross Barkley (thigh), James McCarthy (thigh) and Oumar Niasse (suspended).
Elsewhere, Mason Holgate is nursing a groin problem.
The only upside is that Tom Davies will return against Everton from a one match ban.